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Welcome to Faith Family Christian Center

A place where you can truly come as you are and be loved.

Whether you are investigating the claims of Christianity or you already have a strong and vital relationship with Jesus Christ, Faith Family is a place you can call home. We welcome a casual atmosphere where people are at home in a T-shirt and jeans or wearing their "Sunday go to meeting" best.

We believe that Jesus Christ has provided a way for people to live with peace and hope, even in a world where there seems to be neither . . . We would love to help you experience the hope that only He can give.
 

Come join us this weekend at Faith Family Christian Center
and discover the God you are looking for!

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Faith Family Christian Center
2203 38th Ave
Longview, Washington 98632
360-425-2440
Fax: 360-425-0292



Suggested Readings To Read Through The Bible In A Year

Thursday   January 7, 2010   Genesis 15-16 and John 13-14


Genesis 15:1 (NIV)

1 After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.”

It had been 10 years since God had first spoken to Abram and gave to him the promise that he would be the father of a great nation. He is 85 years old and childless. Abram is beginning to question as to whether or not he heard God right. And God knew that – so this chapter begins with God speaking to Abram in a vision. Verse 6 is one the most important verses in the Bible – Paul quotes it in Romans and Galatians when he is giving to us the theology of salvation . . . James quotes it in his letter when he is talking about what faith is . . . Verse 6 says

Genesis 15:6 (NIV)

6 Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.

Wiersbe says that verse could be translated – “And he said AMEN to the Lord, and He put it to his account for righteousness”

Abram was saved by faith in the Word of God . . . and so are we.

But - even after that great statement about faith, Abram asks the Lord, how do I know that I am going to possess this land you have promised me. And in the next few verses we read about this strange ritual that God tells Abram to put into motion. It was ceremony of “cutting a covenant”. . . a blood covenant. When two people were pledging themselves to a covenant they would take these sacrificial animals, split them in half and lay them out. The two parties would then walk between the body parts and thus declare that they were pledging their very lives to fulfill whatever promise it was that they had made to one another. In this case, God asks Abram to lay out the animals – but when it comes time to pass between them, God puts Abram to sleep. In the darkness of the night, God himself walks between the carcasses. God was pledging to Abram that no matter what you do, or your offspring does, I am committed to fulfilling the Words that I have spoken. Abram you can be absolutely certain.

This scene in Genesis 15 foreshadows another time when God would walk on earth in the darkness and cut a covenant with man that will never be broken . . . it is a picture of Jesus Christ dying all alone for you and me on the cross of Calvary and shedding his blood to make a way for us to inherit all the promises of the Father. God has made a pledge that we can find forgiveness and grace - a pledge sealed with his own blood.

It is worth noting that in Genesis 15 God told Abram that his descendants were going to go through some tough times. God was not promising a life of ease – and the same is true for us today . . . being a follower of Jesus Christ does not guarantee that life will be easy. God did not say a good life will be your reward. He said, I am. That is something that we all should remember when troubles come – when things are not working out the way we thought they should – He is our reward . . . He is with us . . . He is at work to fulfill his plan and purpose in our lives. He is our shield. He, himself is our reward.

Suggested Readings To Read Through The Bible In A Year

Friday      January 8, 2010   Genesis 17-19 and John 15-16

Saturday  January 9, 2010   Genesis 20-21 and John 17-18

Sunday    January 10, 2010  Genesis 22-24 and John 19-21

Monday   January 11, 2010  Genesis 25-27 and Psalm 1

Tuesday  January 12, 2010  Genesis 28-30 and Psalm 2

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